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Gymnastics Article: Leg Strength for the Gymnast
By Karen Goeller, CSCS
Check out the Leg and Ankle Conditioning Book for more leg exercises. (printed book)
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Gymnastics Training Article: Leg Strength... Remember when nearly every gymnast was performing sticking drills as part of their training for vaulting? What ever happened to that useful exercise? It was sport specific and it helped develop eccentric strength. (Ask me how to teach the advanced version of that exercise for your competitive gymnasts.) Eccentric strength is extremely important for the gymnast, especially for dismounts. When the gymnast is landing from a skill, such as a double back, she is dealing with a force that can be ten-thirteen times her body weight. Eccentric strength is the ability to stop the force upon foot contact with the floor. It is how gymnasts are able to stick their landings without collapsing. The gymnast MUST train for that in order to reduce her risk of being injured.
Fitness and Gymnastics Author
Karen Goeller has been training athletes since 1978. She has an education that includes training in emergency medicine, physical therapy, and nutrition. She has held certifications that include NSCA-CSCS, Fitness Trainer, EMT-D, Nutritional Analysis, and many Gymnastics Certifications among others. Besides being author of the Gymnastics Drills and Conditioning books, Karen is the author of the Swing Set Fitness books. She has also published journals, training programs, and articles. Her books are used by fitness experts, coaches, teachers, and athletes worldwide. Karen has worked for world famous gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi, owned a gymnastics club for ten years, and has been featured in several newspapers and on television many times. She offers sports performance training and private gymnastics training in NJ. For more on Karen visit www.KarenGoeller.com.
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